Engaging Employees - 22 July 2008
Dian Fossey moved to Africa to save the gorillas from extinction. A photo of a gorilla touching her hand was the first ever peaceful contact between a wild gorilla and a human. Her work resulted in a reversal of the downward spiral of the gorilla population. She didnít just talk about saving the gorillas; she did a little bit moreÖ
Muhammed Yunus pioneered microcredit, which involves giving small loans to people in third-world countries who are too poor to qualify for bank loans. His initiative has helped 8 million of the worldís poorest people to start and grow their own businesses. He didnít just talk about saving the worldís poor; he did a little bit moreÖ
Al Gore alerted the world to the effects of climate change. His bestselling book, Academy Award-winning documentary, and his training of thousands of climate change champions internationally increased public awareness and led to massive political and policy changes. He didnít just talk about saving the environment; he did a little bit moreÖ
The difference between an average leader and an engaging one is precisely what Dian Fossey, Muhammed Yunus, and Al Gore have mastered: the concept of a little bit more.
Engaging leaders donít just give feedback. They mentor.
Engaging leaders donít just have conversations. They build relationships.
Engaging leaders donít just recognise employees. They cherish them.
Engaging leaders donít just offer jobs. They provide experiences.
Engaging leaders donít just listen. They consult.
Every day when you go to work you have a choice. You can either choose a path of mediocrity by doing the bare minimum, or you can become a true leader that engages, inspires, and excites your team by doing justÖ a little bit more.
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